- (of a barge) without means of propulsion.
- (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling.
Origin of dumb
usage note for dumb
OTHER WORDS FROM dumbdumb·ly, adverbdumb·ness, nounqua·si-dumb, adjectivequa·si-dumb·ly, adverb
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How to use dumb in a sentence
Law enforcement really just said, “You know, this is a dumb woman, and she’s the only one that got screwed over, and it’s just not that important.”“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man|Alissa Wilkinson|September 4, 2020|Vox
It seems dumb to walk away from something I’m relatively successful at when I’m not qualified to do anything else, especially right now.Social Media Feels Increasingly Toxic. What Do I Do?|Blair Braverman|August 29, 2020|Outside Online
In some ways, paintings portraits is really dumb and painting portraits of hundreds of people is ridiculous.A Closer Look at the Public Art at Chicago Police Stations|by Logan Jaffe|August 21, 2020|ProPublica
The dumbest way ever to secretly benefit a campaign contributor is to buy a building with that contributor’s name on it.
You’ll probably think this question is dumber than dumb, a waste of neurons.Does the President Matter as Much as You Think? (Ep. 404)|Stephen J. Dubner|February 6, 2020|Freakonomics
However, not all awful, astoundingly dumb political memes are created equal.
“Which proves he is as dumb as a bag of hammers,” the official says.
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The way I film is based on the assumption that the audience is as smart and dumb as I am.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery|Tim Teeman|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I thought I was going to have to dumb it down for this folk-pop singer.
The sound of my step shall make your heart jump; a look from me shall make you dumb for an hour.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Her female friend immediately said, "Well, I have been talking away to this dumb man."
Sometimes dumb-bells, compact sheaves of fine needles, and irregular rhizome forms are seen (Fig. 40).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
They ain't noways dumb to each other, I notice; an' we air dumb aourselves when we air ketched with furriners.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
His watchmen are all blind, they are all ignorant: dumb dogs not able to bark, seeing vain things, sleeping and loving dreams.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
British Dictionary definitions for dumb
- slow to understand; dim-witted
- foolish; stupidSee also dumb down